|Message from your ACHE Regent, Spring 2015|
Rewards and Recognition
In a February 14, 2014 article, Forbes Magazine focused on "How High Performing Companies Motivate Their People." In an era where transparency is informing the way that care is delivered, so too, organizations are evolving in transparency and employee input as a way of fostering loyalty, motivation and performance excellence within their organizational culture. High performing companies found that there were four key areas which contributed to organizational success. They include career development, empowerment, rewards/recognition, and leadership.
ACHE reflects a focus both strategically and organizationally in these four areas. I am going to focus this article on one of them: rewards and recognition. In January 2015, ACHE announced the winners of its most prestigious Gold Medal Award, the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executives, and the Higher Education Network (HEN) Award. The recipients for this year's awards are:
Gold Award Winners
Kevin E. Lofton, FACHE, and Richard J. Umbdenstock, FACHE
The Gold Medal Award is ACHE's highest honor bestowed on outstanding leaders . The purpose of this award is to identify Fellows of the American College of Healthcare Executives who best exemplify leadership at the organizational, local, state/provincial and national levels. The Gold Medal Award recognizes individuals who go beyond the confines of their own organization to continually contribute to the improvement of healthcare services and community health.
Lofton, CEO of Catholic Health Initiatives, Englewood, Colo., served on ACHE's Council of Regents from 1995 to 1998. A member of ACHE since 1980, Lofton was the 1993 recipient of the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year.
Umbdenstock, president and CEO of the American Hospital Association, Washington, D.C., served on ACHE's Leadership Advisory Committee from 1994 to 2002. He has served as president and CEO of the American Hospital Association since 2007 and announced he will retire from the AHA at the end of 2015.
Both recipients will receive their awards on Monday, March 16, 2015, at the Opening Session during ACHE's 58th Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago.
Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Aaward for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year
Mario J. Garner, EdD, FACHE is the recipient of the Robert S. Hudgens Memorial Award for Young Healthcare Executive of the Year. He is the President and CEO of New Orleans East Hospital, New Orleans. The award is given to an exceptional healthcare executive who is younger than 40 years old, is a Fellow of ACHE and holds a CEO or COO position in a healthcare organization. Garner received his award on Tuesday, March 17, 2015, at the Malcolm T. MacEachern Memorial Lecture and Luncheon during ACHE's 58th Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago.
Higher Education Network Award
Army-Baylor University, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, is the recipient of the award and the graduate program that demonstrated the highest level of ACHE engagement. The award was presented on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at the Leon I. Gintzig Commemorative Lecture and Luncheon during ACHE's 58th Congress on Healthcare Leadership in Chicago. We have been fortunate in Hawaii to benefit over the years from the Army-Baylor members who contribute time and talent to our Hawaii-Pacific Chapter while stationed in the Islands.
A highly motivated workforce, an organization's human capital, is an invaluable financial asset. Insuring that your top performers are recognized for their contributions is a small step toward retaining the talent that is needed to remain relevant and competitive in a consumer driven market.
Thank you for the privilege of serving as your Regent for the past 3 years. I ask for your continued support as Jen assumes her duties as Regent and for your sustained commitment along a path that strives for leadership excellence.
Coral Andrews, FACHE
Regent for Hawaii/Pacific